NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Tim Taylor and Martin Cibak both recorded a goal and an assist while Sean Burke made 30 saves, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, at the Wachovia Center.
Brad Richards and Dan Boyle scored 1:26 apart late in the second period for Tampa Bay, which has recorded a point in each of its last five contests (4-0-1) following a six-game skid. Rob DiMaio added two assists in Tampa Bay's third straight win.
R.J. Umberger scored his first NHL goal for the Flyers, who welcomed back defenseman Eric Desjardins to the lineup, but lost for the fourth time in their last five games. Desjardins, who has anchored the Philadelphia defense corps for a decade, had missed the last eight games with a concussion. Jon Sim also scored and Robert Esche allowed four goals on 25 shots in the losing effort.
The last time these teams met in this building, the Flyers pulled off an emotional 5-4 overtime victory in Game Six of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning, however, advanced to the title round two days later in the decisive series finale and captured the Stanley Cup in seven games against the Calgary Flames.
Tampa Bay has captured the last six regular-season games in this series, including a 5-2 triumph in Florida on November 14.
Philadelphia took an early penalty when Kim Johnsson was whistled for holding just two minutes into the opening period. Although the Lightning had several quality scoring chances on the power play, they scored shortly after the penalty expired. Cibak's second goal from Taylor and DiMaio at 4:14 made it 1-0.
"(Tampa Bay) is a really good team," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock. "They know what it's like to have to compete."
Later in the first period, the Flyers knotted the contest on Umberger's marker with 7:44 remaining. Patrick Sharp fought for control along the boards before the puck eventually ended up on Umberger's stick and the rookie then skated behind the net for an attempted wraparound from the left post. The puck deflected off Boyle and into the net.
Tampa Bay took control with two goals late in the second.
First, at the 15:35 mark, a slapshot from the top of the point by Fredrik Modin deflected off of Desjardins and came directly to Richards, who blasted another slapshot past Esche from the high slot.
Less than two minutes later, a nice crossing pass found the stick of Boyle, who lit the lamp from the right side for a 3-1 lead with 2:59 to play in the frame. It was Boyle's seventh goal of 2005-06.
The visitors continued to outplay the Flyers in the third and took a 4-1 lead at 6:25. Taylor was stationed at the right post and attempted several shots from in close that Esche stopped. But Taylor did not quit and eventually poked the bouncing disc into the net off of Esche's chest.
"When you play against really good teams, it seems like every mistake ends up in your net," Hitchcock continued. "It did tonight."
Philadelphia showed signs of life with a nice tic-tac-toe power-play goal in the latter stages of the third. Derian Hatcher held the puck in the high slot and passed to Michal Handzus beneath the right circle. Handzus quickly fed the disc down near the left post, where Sim's one-timer beat Burke at 13:15.
Shortly thereafter, Philadelphia was awarded another power play, but could not find the back of the net and Tampa Bay held on for the victory.
This marked only the second home regulation loss for the Flyers this season....The Flyers ended 1-for-4 on the power play, while Tampa was scoreless on two chances with the extra skater...Attendance was 19,567.
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